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How to Customize a Skateboard Deck

How to Customize a Skateboard

Angelus paints and dyes aren't just for sneakers. Clothes, furniture, accessories, and skateboards are just a few of the other things you can customize with Angelus paints.

Bryan from Swell Guy Customs (@swellguycustoms) stopped by the Angelus studio to show you how you can easily customize your own skateboard deck with just a few techniques and materials.

Follow along with this tutorial to see how a skateboard deck can be the perfect canvas to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Sanding

Before you getting started, you need to prep the deck by sanding it down a little bit.

Skateboard decks have light coatings which can make it difficult for the deck to absorb dyes and paints.

Start with 300-grit sandpaper, then work your way up to 800-girt, then 1,500-grit, and even higher if needed to create a smooth finish.

Sand along the grain back and forth to get even coverage all across the deck.

Leather Dye

Once you're done sanding, apply some Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer to clean the surface and remove the factory finish.

 

Next, we're going to use some leather dye to stain the deck. Leather dye is a great way to create clean gradient effects on wood products.

Apply the leather dye in a color of your choice to the deck using a rag and work the dye into the deck using a circular motion.

Take your time, apply a few different coats, and make sure to get even coverage.

To create the gradient effect, use a different color dye along the edges of the deck and blend it in with the original color.

After applying the leather dye, be sure to let it completely dry before you start painting.

Paint the Deck

Once the dye is dry, it's time to start painting your own original artwork on top of the background.

For this deck, Bryan painted a deep-sea diver to go along with the nautical theme, but, of course, you can customize yours however you want.

If you want to replicate Bryan's design, make sure to check out the full tutorial to see which colors you'll need to get started.

Acrilyic Finisher

After you finish painting, you're almost there. All that's left is to apply some Acrylic Finisher to add a little bit of extra protection to the deck.

Use a cotton swab to apply a couple of layers of the Acrylic Finish to the deck. This will help create an even finish and make sure your masterpiece lasts a little bit longer than it otherwise would.

Thanks to Bryan for stopping by and creating this tutorial. Again, make sure to check out the full video for a more detailed walkthrough, and go ahead and follow @swellguycustoms on Instagram

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram as well, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need for your next custom project.

Need Ideas? Check Out These Great Customs

Coming up with ideas for your next pair of customs isn't always easy.

If you need some inspiration for your next project, check out these amazing customs to get the ideas flowing.

Mighty Ducks Customs

(source: @wallychamp15)

It's knuckle puck time!

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed these customs dedicated to the iconic Mighty Ducks.

If you're not sure what to do for your next pair of customs, try creating a pair dedicated to your favorite sports team, fictional or otherwise.

Bulls Custom Jordans

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

If you're going to customize a pair of Jordans, it only makes sense to dedicate them to the man's team.

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms customized these Jordans, featuring the Bulls logo on top of the classic red, white, and black color scheme.

Floral AF1

(source: @kendrascustoms)

Is there anything better than a clean floral design? The answer is no.

These black AF1s, designed by sponsored artist @kendrascustoms, feature a clean pink floral pattern on top of the classic Air Force silhouette.

Grab some pink paint to try your hand at this design.

Jordan 12 Galaxy

(source: @truebluecustoms)

This next pair of customs is truly out of this world (sorry).

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms killed it with these Jordan "Galaxy" 12s, featuring a monochrome purple color scheme and an upper designed to look like outer space.

If you want to get started on your own similar pair of customs, start by grabbing a purple galaxy kit.

SpongeBob Kyrie 5

(source: @customicasso)

Need a little more help getting started on your next project? We've got you covered.

Miles Costales (@customicasso) stopped by the Angelus studio to create a new tutorial to show you how to create this pair of Larry the Lobster Kyrie 5s.

To see the materials and techniques used to create these customs, make sure to check out the full tutorial over on our YouTube channel.

Hopefully, these creative customs were enough to help you get some ideas for your next project.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and make sure to check out our website to grab the materials you need for your next pair of customs.

DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial

DIY Halloween Costume

If you're still looking for the perfect Halloween costume, why not try making it yourself?

To help you get ready for Halloween, Bryan Phillips (@swellguycustoms) stopped by to show you how to make a custom pair of Joker Vans, a custom mask, and a pumpkin.

Keep reading to see how to make these customs for yourself, and make sure to check out the full video for a more in-depth walkthrough.

Painting Canvas

To start, you're going to want to paint the upper-mid section of your Sk8-His in the same color as Joker's vest.

Blend Buttercup and Yellow paint with an equal amount of 2-Soft. 2-Soft thins out the paint mixture so that it soaks into the canvas without making the shoe stiff.

Once you finish painting this section, use a heat gun at 300 degrees to set the paint on the canvas.

Red Toe Cap

Next, use a mixture of Raspberry, Red, and 2-Soft to paint the canvas toecap and tongue.

Just like before, you're going to want to use a heat gun to make sure the paint sets before moving on.

Painting Leather

For the last color, use a mixture of Green, White, and Collector Edition Aqua 8. Use this mixture to paint the Vans wave and the inside of the shoe.

Important: Since these areas of the shoe are leather, use some Leather Preparer and Deglazer before painting to ensure the paint sticks and looks good.

Painting the Side of the Shoe 

For the final touch, use some Fire Red paint to add some iconic Joker lines to the side of your custom Vans. This last detail will make your customs truly represent the Joker.

For this pair, Bryan went with "Put on a happy face," but you can do whichever line you want.

Joker Pumpkin

These custom Joker Vans are amazing on their own, but if you want to see how you can complete your costume and decorations, be sure to check out Bryan's full tutorial to see how you can make your own Joker-themed Halloween mask and pumpkin.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more great customs and tutorials, and be sure to stop by our online store to pick up the materials you need to create your custom Halloween costume.

Custom Halloween Kicks

Halloween is right around the corner, so it's time to start getting your costumes ready. Whatever you're planning to dress up as, every costume can be bumped up a notch with a pair of custom Halloween kicks.

If you need some inspiration for your Halloween costume, check out these customs to get the ideas flowing.

Child's Play Customs

Child's Play is an all-time horror classic, making it the perfect choice for your Halloween customs.

These Child's Play-themed Air Force 1s, created by sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear, are the perfect pair of gruesome customs to rock at the Halloween party.

Custom Joker 1s
(source: @ danielcordas)

Who's your favorite Joker? Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger are hard to beat, but Joaquin Phoenix killed it in the newest addition to the DC universe.

In any case, you can't deny that these custom Joker Jordan 1s are the perfect Halloween customs. Sponsored artist  @danielcordas nailed this depiction of Phoenix's Joker.

Halloween Yeezys
(source:  @bbizon)

It's not easy to choose from the many iconic horror movie characters, so why not pay tribute to all of them?

That's what sponsored artist  @bbizon did with these custom Yeezys. From Jason and Freddy to Michael Myers and Pennywise, these Yeezys feature some of the most famous Halloween characters of all time.

Halloween Vans
(source: @ lucha_loafers)

Sponsored artist @lucha_loafers designed these Halloween Collection custom Vans, showcasing a few of the most iconic characters the horror genre has produced over the years.

Want to try making your own? Pick up a 12 Color Assortment Kit to paint some of your favorite Halloween villains.

Halloween Vans

Jack-o-Lanterns, bats, zombies, etc... These custom Vans by @astrotorfcustoms take things back to basics by showcasing some Halloween staples.

You can get started on your own by picking up some black and orange paint along with some orange laces to tie things together.

Remember to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and don't forget to check out our online store to grab some materials for your next project.

Custom Leather Backpack Tutorial + More

You're not limited to shoes for your custom projects. Angelus paints can be used to customize a variety of products, from backpacks to furniture.

Check out these pictures to get inspiration for your next custom project.

Custom Leather Backpack

(source: @ehkcustoms)

Artist Enzo Kim (@ehkcustoms) stopped by the Angelus studio to put together this custom koi fish leather backpack tutorial.

Check out the full tutorial to watch Enzo walk you through how to create this design, and to see all the materials you need to get started.

Custom Air Max

(source: @jwdanklefs)

Air Maxes continue to be an all-time favorite for shoe artists.

Check out these custom "What the Air Max" AM1s design by sponsored artist @jwdanklefs, which features a variety of animal print and camo patterns.

Grab a 12 color assortment kit to try creating your own custom Air Maxes.

Custom Jordan 12

(source: @kattycustoms)

What would you name these Jordan 12s?

Sponsored artist @kattycustoms designed these Js features an all-black upper, multicolor camo sole, and neon pink accents.

Supreme x Louis Vuitton Custom Cleats

(source: @solesbysir)

Supreme x Louis Vuitton: every hypebeast's dream.

Turns out Drew Brees is a hypebeast himself. Sponsored artist @solesbysir designed these custom cleats for the legendary quarterback and added some gold accents to bring the design to a new level.

Area 51 Customs

(source: @visionarykickz)

You ready to storm Area 51?

Be sure to prepare yourself by checking out this tutorial by artist Jake Mata from @visionarykickz. Watch as he walks you through the design using Angelus paints and some easy DIY stencils.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and check out our online store to pick up the materials you need for your next project.

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